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The Pandemic Rages On: Why Haven’t We Cancelled Grades Yet?

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As the pandemic continues to upend all of our lives, every aspect of life for students has changed, except one: Grades. As an anxiety therapist working with anxious kids and their parents, I find it inexplicable that students are still being expected to perform and are being graded for their performance when we all know it is greatly compromised during this time of unprecedented tumult and uncertainty.

In the midst of the greatest upheaval and loss in our recent history, where so many are just clinging to the bottom rungs of Maslow’s hierarchy for basic security, students are expected to somehow reach higher—do good work, continue to develop and demonstrate mastery.

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